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Jennings Raise A Glass To 190 Years

The Cumbrian establishment, Jennings Brewery is celebrating 190 years of brewing pure Lakeland ale.   Back in 1828, George IV was on the throne and the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister when the son of a local maltster, John Jennings, began brewing in his Lorton-based brew house. Jennings Brewery was founded and first operated out […]

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Stephen John Guitars Are Set To Strike a Chord

Stephen Terry traded in fitting kitchens to pursue his passion full time – now he handcrafts bespoke guitars from his back garden in Keekle.   Stephen is in his studio, where he spends a great deal of his time these days. Purpose-built by his own two hands, its filled floor to ceiling with instrumental creations, indistinct tools […]

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The Future Looks Bright For Whitehaven

Whitehaven could be in for a bright future thanks to a new initiative aiming to transform the town centre with ‘urban art’.   Bringing a revolutionary concept to west Cumbria, The Colourful North is an urban art project who believe they can brighten up Whitehaven town centre. But we’re not talking flower boxes and painted shop fronts, The Colourful North want to transform bland, […]

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Photographer in Focus: Harry Baker  

If you follow us on social media, you’ll know that we are all about showcasing local talent and highlighting the very best of our region. We are regularly overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the shots we receive from photographers of all abilities. Harry Baker is another one of those who shared his passion […]

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West Cumbria Guide April/May Issue 09

Word From The Editor I’m writing this in the week that saw the spring equinox, meaning I can officially say that spring has sprung (let’s just gloss over the fact that snow is forecast again for next week). As buds begin to blossom and the trees turn leafy and green, our annual Home & Garden […]

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Solfest 2018 – Here comes the Sun!

Bringing family fun, great music and a wonderful atmosphere, Cumbria’s favourite music and arts festival, Solfest is back this summer, and ready to thrill yet again. Set up and run by local volunteers passionate about music and people, Solfest has evolved continually since its inception in 2003, transitioning from a local shindig, into one of the best […]

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New Voyage for Whitehaven as Tall Ship Makes Town its Next Port of Call

The town is about to embark on a new adventure as the Tall Ship Pelican prepares to dock in Whitehaven harbour. The arrival of a magnificent tall ship in Whitehaven harbour will make waves over the Easter weekend and it is set to become a regular appearance. Originally named ‘Le pelican’, the ship was built […]

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Away With The Faeries at Kirklinton Hall

Amid a fascinating past and an exciting future, the magnificent Kirklinton Hall will reopen to the public this April.  The 17th Century, Kirklinton Hall sits on a 12-acre site that features a beautiful part-walled garden. With its five bays and two tower-like wings, the grandiose ruin is so majestic that even in the depths of winter the site feels […]

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Carlisle Guide Issue 39 March/April

After a long winter, this is the part where I’m supposed to be commenting on how spring has at last sprung. The daffodils blooming in the hedgerows, the lambs dancing through the fields, the weather finally warming up. However, as I type, the Beast from the East is lashing his way across the county, causing […]

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Sarah Steps Up to Raise Funds for Crohn’s & Colitis UK

This year, our Editor Sarah Sinclair is stepping out of her comfort zone and taking on the Great North Run for a cause very close to home.     Every two months, Sarah visits the hospital where she receives an in intravenous infusion of a drug which (so far) keeps her well enough to enjoy a […]

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